Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services

Welcome to Berry Street

Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877.

We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.

Our greatest challenges today are:

  • to help children and young people recover from the devastating impact of family violence, abuse and neglect
  • to help women keep themselves and their children safe from family violence
  • to help struggling mothers and fathers to be the parents they want to be
  • to contribute to, and advocate for, a fairer and more inclusive community
  • to provide foster care and kinship care when children can’t live safely at home

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Our Services

Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any

Education, Training & Employment
Family Services
Family Violence
Foster & Kinship Care
Past Clients
Residential Care

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News & Events

80% of Victorians consider payments to State’s foster carers ‘unfair’
Almost 80% of Victorians consider that the level of financial reimbursements provided to Victoria’s foster carers is ‘unfair’, shows a poll released more

Giving Kids in Care a basketball experience
A basketball clinic for children and young people in care aged 6-15 was held on Monday, 29 more

HEARTCORE book launch
Over 200 friends and supporters joined us on 25 September at the Mind Room to launch our fabulous new publication, HEARTCORE. read more

Berry Street’s response to Monash Uni’s Leaving Care & Youth Report
Berry Street endorses the findings and recommendations of Monash University’s Leaving Care and Youth Report published more

Child abuse still on the rise as foster care exodus continues
"As reports to Child Protection continue to escalate, a huge decline in foster carers in Victoria is adding further pressure on Victoria's already under-resourced Out-of-Home Care System" more

Moving from scandals to solutions in State care
Op Ed - Berry Street CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, discussed the recent widespread media coverage of the sexual abuse of children in State residential more

Foster care for traumatised children could be nurtured by tax breaks
Berry Street has long called for foster care to be strengthened by professionalisation and tax breaks.
More and more Victorian foster parents leave the state system each year...
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